Celebrate at the Winterlight Festival with the Glenwood Springs Lions and Glenwood Springs Library on Saturday, January 31, 2015
Corn+hole Tournament & prizes at the Glenwood Springs Library ($10 per person)
4pm - 6pm
Local's Chili Cook-Off at the Glenwood Methodist Church ($5 per bowl & $1 per vote)
5pm - 8pm
All Age Community Dance at the Glenwood Springs Library featuring the band Confluence (donations accepted!)
Proceeds from these events will support vision programs and services.
Questions? Contact Jack Green at 618-0911
CASA of the Ninth serves the counties of the Ninth Judicial District—Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco. These three counties encompass 7, 152 square miles of the Western Slope of Colorado. We serve children who are involved in Dependency & Neglect (D&N) cases by training volunteers to advocate for their needs and best interests for permanency in court. The training consists of 30 hours of online and in-person education related to the court system, child welfare and diversity. The CASA training is developed by the National CASA organization.
CASA works in partnership with the Ninth Judicial District Courts, County Departments of Human Services, Guardians at litem and Parent Response Counsels. Currently, the number of D & N cases in the Ninth Judicial District average around 30 cases per year. Each of those cases represents an average of 2-3 children and involve children from birth to age 21. Our goal is to serve all of the D & N cases in our District by 2016.
D&N Petitions are filed as a last resort by counties in order to remove children from their primary caregivers when those caregivers have been found to have abused and/or neglected their children. These are families who are in dire need of services and children are often placed in foster care or in the care of other family members while parents address their treatment needs.
Dependency and Neglect cases can be very complicated and the very first CASA program was started by Judge David Soukup in Seattle in 1977 because he did not “feel that he was getting all the facts needed to make well-informed decisions affecting the future of the children whose cases came before him”.
The role of the CASA Volunteer is to investigate, facilitate, monitor and advocate by getting to know the child, their caregivers, parents, family members, foster parents, teachers, health care providers and others involved in the child’s life. The volunteer then acts as the “eyes and ears” of the court, by completing their own impartial court report and making recommendations for the judge to consider.
Each CASA volunteer is assigned to only one family of children and seeks to represent the needs of the children as a citizen—not as a caseworker or attorney.
The benefits to children who are assigned a CASA volunteer include:
1. Spending less time in foster care or other out of home placements—an average of 8 months less!
2. They are more likely to be adopted
3. More services are ordered for children assigned a CASA
4. They do better in school.
5. They score better on nine protective factors ranging from valuing achievement to a sense of acceptance.
Click here to learn more!
Local economic study by the Sonoran Institute, Grand Avenue Bridge update by CDOT and reports from City, County, Valley View Hospital and Colorado Mountain College highlight annual Chamber Economic Forecast event on Jan. 22.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association presents its annual Economic Forecast Forum, sponsored by Bank of Colorado, on Thursday morning, January 22 from 7 to 9:30 a.m. in The Hotel Denver’s Loft meeting space.
Clark Anderson, Rocky Mountain Program Director of the Sonoran Institute, will present the keynote address: “What is Our Place Value?” by revealing the results of a recent economic survey conducted by the chamber and Sonoran Institute. Attendees will learn what attracts businesses, entrepreneurs and employees to our region as well as the key factors they consider when relocating.
Anderson will be followed by Garfield County Manager Andrew Gorgey and City Manager Jeff Hecksel who will respectively present the “State of the County” and “State of the City.” In addition, 2015 plans will be presented by Colorado Mountain College Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Matt Gianneschi and Valley View Hospital Chief Financial Officer, Larry Dupper.
Finally, attendees will hear about how aesthetics are coming together to enhance the new Grand Avenue Bridge. Bridge construction schedules and related topics will be discussed by Joe Elson, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Program Engineer and Tracy Trulove, CDOT Public Relations Manager.
Early bird pricing of $35 per person is available until January 14. Regular priced tickets are $40 for chamber members and $50 for the general public. Pricing includes full breakfast and materials. Seating is limited and the event will sell out. To register, visit glenwoodchamber.com or call 970-945-0784.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association was named 2013 Chamber of the Year by ACCE!